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celebrant

[sel-uh-bruh nt] /ˈsɛl ə brənt/
noun
1.
a participant in any celebration.
2.
the officiating priest in the celebration of the Eucharist.
3.
a participant in a public religious rite.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Latin celebrant- (stem of celebrāns present participle of celebrāre to solemnize, celebrate), equivalent to celebr- (see celebrate) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
precelebrant, noun
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celebrant

/ˈsɛlɪbrənt/
noun
1.
a person participating in a religious ceremony
2.
(Christianity) an officiating priest, esp at the Eucharist
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Word Origin and History for precelebrant

celebrant

n.

1731, from French célébrant "officiating clergyman" or directly from Latin celebrantem (nominative celebrans), present participle of celebrare (see celebrate).

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